Pretty well done. Just wanted to say you should tell people that you should only overclock if you can afford to replace it or the down time that might go along with it. I mean changing BIOS options in the wrong way can screw a system up a for a while, and if it's a mission critical machine that's lost money.
Definitely some good info and fun to read. Seemed like you stopped too soon though. Maybe you should mention testing for stability, monitoring voltage and temps, PCI dividers and locking the PCI bus on Intel systems, RAM timings, plus maybe benchmarking programs?
Another software O/C program is clockgen. CPU-Z is a good program to check the FSB, CPU clock speed (and other CPU info), RAM info, and motherboard info.
I'll ask a mod to consider making this a sticky. You might need to modify a couple words (perhaps change it to [email protected] and [email protected] or something like that since it's a family website).
Good guide, Just one or two questions from a newbie. Just how much can I push my fsb/pci clock? right now I'm at 107/36mhz. this is old pc133 sdram, Is the 36 mhz pci too much for my other components, Sound card, HD etc? and If I unlock my duron, How will it know what my multiplier will be?, or will I have to clear cmos?
Code Name Northwood
Specification Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 2.40GHz
Family / Model / Stepping F 2 7
Extended Family / Model 0 0
Brand ID 9
Core Stepping C1
Technology 0.13 µ
Supported Instructions Sets MMX, SSE, SSE2
CPU Clock Speed 3371.9 MHz
Clock multiplier x 18.0
Front Side Bus Frequency 187.3 MHz
Bus Speed 749.3 MHz
L1 Data Cache 8 KBytes, 4-way set associative, 64 Bytes line size
L1 Trace Cache 12 Kµops, 8-way set associative
L2 Cache 512 KBytes, 8-way set associative, 64 Bytes line size
L2 Speed 3371.9 MHz (Full)
L2 Location On Chip
L2 Data Prefetch Logic yes
L2 Bus Width 256 bits
So do you recommend that Intel users use SoftFSB rather than trying the hardships of trying other methods? As a noob, I found that trying to figure out the levels of matching my upped CPU clock with voltage is quite confusing.